Wednesday, February 08, 2023


I recently completed a jigsaw puzzle of the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

The album caused a sensation when it was released, and in no small part due to its astounding cover art. Developed from a sketch from John Lennon, it went completely beyond the pale in its puzzling creation of a modern-day mythos. Critical reaction was often harsh, the most virulent naysayers were those who were only capable of looking back—unimaginable trolls wallowing in their own crapulence. Its cover went on to be parodied and satirized, but all the people who were featured on it were inspirations to the Beatles: writers, philosophers, artists, models, movie and sports stars and musicians. All these ‘influencers’ were on equal footing.

The Beatles soon grew out of their costume stage, later albums were not so high concept, but the group continued to write memorable, and even great songs. But this album was a unicorn, a high water-mark, in a class of one, and any other clichéd metaphor for singularity you can dredge up.

Here is the link for a key to the people in the image.

By Professor Batty


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